Hiya guys. I just joined today and I have LOADS of questions.
First let me explain my situation:
I have a 2 gallon glass cube for my betta (he's kinda smaller than most bettas). Five marimo balls. Heater. No filter. I've had him for about five months and he seems healthy (beautiful color, huge appetite, very active) except that when I do his weekly (complete) water change he gets stressed and nips at his tail fin until it's all torn. I've added rock salt to his water and it helps heal his tail back but when the next water change comes around he ends up tearing up his tail fin again.
I still live in my parents house and I'm not allowed to get a bigger tank with a filter
(I desperately wanted to get the 6g fluval edge). So I'm trying to go the planted tank route. I've done a lot of research and I have seen people doing the walstad method in less than a 2g.
So here's my game plan........
Dwarf hairgrass as a carpet.
Driftwood with java moss growing on it
5 marimo balls
3/4" of organic miracle grow and fluorite mixed 50/50
1/4" of black sand to cap the soil
Do I need these?
Should I plant dry vs. planting submerged until the plants mature a bit (I have another 2g container I can keep my betta in if I need to) I heard that If you plant dry and keep them moist with aquarium water until they grow for a few weeks that once you submerge them they're able to handle cycling the water better.
If I plant my tank how long do I wait before adding my fish and how often do I need to do partial water changes until it's done cycling.
thanks so much for reading this. I know it was a freakin essay.
Any tips, suggestions, experiences, concerns, ect. are greatly appreciated
Also, if you're just going to tell me to get a bigger tank don't bother commenting. I will as soon as I can. It's not a possibility right now. I'm looking for feedback on how to make what I have now work best for my fish. He's a lot happier in a 2g than in a cup at the pet store.
Thanks again! <3 ~redfox